The NOVICA Click List

Our regular roundup of things we found on the web that have moved us, piqued our interest, inspired us, or made us smile.

Smartphone tech delivers financial aid to Guatemala’s poorest and most isolated with mobile money

Smartphone tech delivers financial aid to Guatemala’s poorest and most isolated with mobile money
international aid organization Oxfam teams up with mobile phone service provider Tigo to deliver emergency financial aid. Photo courtesy of latinalista.com

When the biggest earthquake to hit Guatemala in 30 years struck San Marcos in the Western highlands last year, more than one million people were affected. Read more about what happened when international aid organization Oxfam teamed up with mobile phone service provider Tigo to deliver financial aid via text messages to families who had lost their homes.

A nation of next Mandelas

Mandela memorial service
Mandela memorial service (Michael Rajzman), courtesy of theglobeandmail.com

While Nelson Mandela’s work is sadly done, his dream is unfinished. The search for “the next Mandela” is on. Read more.

Buddha’s birthplace brings light to Nepal

Buddha's birthplace, believed to be in Nepal, marks the origin of Buddhism
Buddha’s birthplace, believed to be in Nepal, marks the origin of Buddhism [Getty Images]. Photo courtesy of aljazeera.com
The discovery of the world’s earliest Buddhist temple, marking the birthplace of the Buddha south of the Himalayas in Nepal, could give a powerful push in the drive to lift nearby villagers out of  crushing poverty. Read more. 

Human Rights Day: UN pays tribute to activists, landmark Vienna Declaration

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights Office. Credit: OHCHR
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights Office. Credit: OHCHR, courtesy of un.org.

Honoring human rights activism, including the legacy of Nelson Mandela, senior UN officials on Tuesday marked Human Rights Day calling for greater political will and resources to implement laws and standards designed to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere. Read more. 

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